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>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown. president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a place where prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hien danger of chemical of plastics and cans are of high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and bird's eye view. what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings. between these two men. for romney, today felt like a new
. if obama wins, what will get the credit? same for romney, what would have done it for him? what would history say were the key factors in making one guy the winner and the other the loser? did the campaign party or was it reality that made the call? >> there's a 1950's to mitt romney's feel it's where women stay home. will this be a turn-off in the 21st century or where women vote for the businessman that promises jobs. [captioning made possible by nbc universal] chris: i'm chris matthews. with me today michael duffy, andrea mitchell, kathleen parker and john harris. what will win the difference? for president obama, here's a short must-do list for the two weeks ahead. number one project what he's done into the positive future. ramp up that positive message. obama backs the middle-class. romney can't wait to help the rich. in monday night's debate especially on the issue of libya. and here's a list for romney, keep asking voters are you better off? present yourself as a strong fixer of voters' economic troubles. and look like a commander in chief. this is a tightened race and romney m
walks onto the debate stage wednesday night, mitt romney will now he's behind. know he needs to catch up. needs to win the night. what can he show of himself that he hasn't shown before and what does he need to show of barack obama that we don't already know? seeing is believing. the three times the debates have changed the lead in a presidential race. each time it was about the words, but also that something else, something that told voters what they didn't know and all of a sudden mattered a lot. and finally, bad numbers. barack obama's ahead in nearly every national poll and battle ground state poll. but what do we really make of the crunchers who say mitt romney has just a 1-5 chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his
back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people? why isn't it too late to believe that after you announce your running mate, after you have your own convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you'll have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also for the first time you're going to have them be able to make a direct side-by-side comparison. remember, at the end of the day, campaigns are about the candidates. and they're going to be able to see the two candidates next to each other, debating each other, and governor
. >> romney delivers. the president tries to recover. >> when i got off the stage, i met very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> the economy is again the central focus. the new jobs numbers drop the unm employment rate below 9%. >> we have made too much progress. >> a sign of recovery as the voters head to the polls. we cover it all this morning. the policy fight emerging from the debate and the policy. what does the debate reveal about these two men? >>> plus, our preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation with the former california governor. he talks politics and his personal failings. >> what would you like your sons to learn from your mistakes? >> i think that they're not going to make the same mistakes. >>> from nbc news in wa
favor among women by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take up policies more suited to the 1950s. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all-important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod. and later, ohio republican senator rob portman. romney's debate sparring partner. joining us live from the debate site. >>> plus, our roundtable weighs in. from "the new york times," columnist tom friedman. and white house correspondent helean cooper. nd former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers.ne cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers. >>> from nbc news in washington, it's "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll for where this race stands, chuck todd has the numbers. this is significant. >> this is amon
not something that the romney team wanted to see. the line graph showing 7.8% unemployment when obama takes office in january 2009. here we are in september of 2012. lowest since he took office. does this change anything? >> sure. i think it was a significant help to the president. imagine it came out at 8.2 following that debate. people would have entered this weekend saying that's close to the end. so i think it's part of the whole process. this campaign will go down to the end, i think. it's going to be one of the most interesting campaigns in american history. and i think you're going to see it go back and forth some over the next week. on the other hand, friday, the international monetary fund said probably no recovery until 2018. and that's a very sobering number. >> robert gibbs, it is particularly weak. you have 40% of those who have been out of work, out of work for six months or longer. this is a weak economic recovery. >> it's a stronger economic recovery in terms of jobs produced than we saw out of the 2001 recession. and the important thing, david, is we continue to make progre
to be. our exclusive look at the race behind the scenes >>> also on the trail with the romney campaign, and tonight, why he is having to respond to a candidate's comments about race. >>> plus, what it is like living in the most hotly contested battleground state. under assault, 24 hours a day, gatheri ining storm, the hurric season >>> and breathtaking, an awesome new view of the grand canyon like you have never seen it before. nightly news begins now >>> good evening, i'm lester holt, sitting in for brian tonight, with the presidential race locked in a tie for the polls, president obama and governor romney are engaged in a fast and furious campaign blitz, the president launching an assault in some of the places vital to his election. he is on a two day trip, it will take him to eight states spending the night on air force one. romney is calling it a sign of being desperate, even as romney was racking up his own air miles. we'll check in with the romney camp, but first, brian williams has been given full access to the campaign swing. he checks in tonight from denver. >> reporter: well,
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
other things inside the numbers here, david. in the midwest, romney a narrow lead, but way inside the margin of error. and among all of the collective battleground states a little bit of a lead for mitt romney. speaking of the battleground, i want to go there a minute. if you look at where both campaigns think each is ahead, the south, you've got to give it to romney here. they think narrowly ahead. for the president, they think nevada looks good for him and new hampshire. so then you look where is this race getting decided? those four states. colorado, david, might be the closest in the country, but it's the midwest. that is the ticket to 270 elect oral votes. >>> we'll be talking about these numbers as we get more. chuck, thank you for much. >>> joining me now, republican senator of florida marco rubio. senator, welcome back to "meet the press." >> glad to be back. thank you. >> let's talk where chuck left off about florida. looking at the president's schedule, he looks to be focusing a bit more on ohio. in your judgment, you've seen the numbers. is florida romney red at this po
's look at governor romney's schedule. it's ohio today. it was supposed to be virginia today, but he moved all of those events to ohio because of the storm. look where he's spending monday. it's the midwest. it's where they feel they have to pick off a couple states. it's not just ohio. it's ohio plus something else. >> as i talked to the romney campaign, they were emphasizing this momentum. they feel the debates gave him a second look to carry him through election day. obama folks, look at the electoral map map. we could be in for quite a finish if they are both right. >> they are both right. we talked the popular vote. polling out today, if you look at the president's lead for instance on the west coast in california, the lead has been cut in half. i have done back to the envelope map. romney makes up 6 million, 7 million, 8 million votes. he could pick up a bunch of votes in the non-battleground states. go to the battleground. i'll show how easy it is. if you take today's polls, the president is winning in virginia. wisconsin is on the ground. it leans toward the president. now you give
in the polls? we'll let you know what experts are saying. >>> and can the bay area's tesla survive a romney presidency? we'll take a look in business news. >>> welcome back to now decision 2012. both president obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail talking to voters less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate of this campaign. nbc's danielle leigh is in washington with how political advisers say last night's debate could affect today's conversations. >> reporter: republican mitt romney may have secured exactly what he needed out of this first presidential debate, a fresh look for undecided voters. >> he laid out a very clear choice and a big choice. that's what this election is about. >> reporter: the candidates sparred on key issues this election, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not have the government telling me what kind of health care i can have. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered administrative costs than private insurance does which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and privat
. at the first one, the president underperformed against governor romney. at the second debate, both men were amped up. and last night's plot line appears to be the president's foreign policy attack and mitt romney's movement to the center on a number of issues. decreasing the policy distance between the two men as 60 million americans watched on live television. starting today, there was a new sense of urgency out on the trail. now, the travel becomes urgent and frenetic. every second counts and so does every state. we have it all covered and we begin with nbc's peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign in henderson, nevada. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. as you just noted, nearly 60 million americans watched last night's debate. in fact, that was the smallest number of the three presidential debates. over the next two weeks as they bounce across the country, effectively hop scotching one another. both sides believe tonight they are in the driver's seat. >> give it up for -- >> reporter: kicking off their final 14 days toward the election, a split scre
out the vote. at mitt romney's own excited troops. the gush of tv ads inundating the swing states. both sides with cy war and romney forces call charge, we're winning, join us or be left behind. if you don't vote we could have bush versus gore all over again. the economy, stupid. friday the last jobs report before the election. last month, it gave the president a boost. will the october number matter more? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, "time" magazine's joe klein. the bbc's katty kay. cnbc's kelly evans. and "the washington post's" david ignatius. first up, we're staring down at the wind tunnel now but historic perfect political storm in the coming nine days of this campaign. and these closing days when we played out in mind games on both sides. the president saying he jist wants to hold on -- he just wants to hold on. >> what we have is a lead that we've maintained throughout this campaign. and we are going to just continue to drive home the message that there are two fundamentally different choices in this election. about where we take the country. chri
>>> this morning on "meet the press," the fight next time. obama-romney, round two, this coming tuesday, as the race has tightened. >>> our issues this morning, the debates in the closing weeks of this campaign. the economy. the looming fiscal crisis by year's end. and the debt fight. with the big entitlement programs center stage. >>they were the backdrop of a feisty debate between the v.p. candidates thursday. >> nobody -- >> mr. vice president -- >> no, you -- >> mr. vice president, i know you're under a lot of duress to make up ground, but i think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other. >>> what did swing voters think of the face-off? can the president channel the aggressiveness of his running mate. >> and what about the escalating battle over the obama administration handling of the 9/11 attack in libya? >> when the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> we cover it all t
the final two debates as polls show mitt romney now improving his standing in key battleground states of florida, virginia, and ohio. look at those polls. meanwhile, this weekend, people are still debating who won the vice presidential face-off as "saturday night live" had some fun with the vice president's over the top performance. >> congressman ryan, we begin with your opening statement. >> thank you. first of all, i want to thank center college for hosting us this evening. >> oh, boy. here we go. oh, man. >> four years ago, president obama made a promise -- >> [ laughter ] >> that he would bring down unemployment below 6%. >> oh, this guy. >> joining us now for our own debate of sorts, republican governor bob mcdonnell. he is the republican governor of virginia, and seen frequently on the campaign trail with mitt romney. the former democratic governor of michigan and now host of current tv's "the war room" jennifer granholm. rounding out the roundtable for the hour, the mayor of atlanta, democrat kasim reed. republican strategist alex castellanos. and nbc news special corresponden
night of the campaign. the second debate has all eyes on the president after romney's last performance. and our political team is in place. >>> what's the alternative? when traditional medicine just can't get at back pain, as our series of reports looks at what does work. >>> the scandal in small town in maine involving a zumba dance instructor. charges of prostitution, and the names being released now of the men alleged to be her customers. >>> and the matriarch of the kennedy family. tonight our rare and exclusive interview with ethel kennedy, alongside the youngest of her 11 children, as she looks back on her life and loss. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, on what could be the single most important night of the presidential campaign thus far. tonight there is an enormous amount of pressure on president obama, because his last debate performance was seen as so lacking against an energized challenge from governor romney, that it actually moved the numbers. it moved the polls even in some places that seemed to be settling in for
mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under way in 34 states. we'll throw it to the mode
barack obama, and he is in this position because of what happened the last time he met governor romney on a debate stage. it was readily apparent and the president later aadmitted he was outenergized that first time around and it moved the poll numbers. tonight has the potential to change this race yet again. in a moment we go inside the venue for the introduction of these two men, president obama, governor romney, their second of three debates. this one, of course, off the vice presidential debate. tonight the format here becomes critical. while candy crowley of cnn will moderate the discussion, this is a town hall format tonight. the questions coming from undecided voters as chosen by the gallup polling organization. there are 80 undecided voters in the hall. organizers hope to get 13 questions in along with follow-ups in the 90 minutes before us. candy crowley has indicated she plans a more activist role. that made the organizers nervous. let's see what she has to say. >> good evening from hofstra university in new york. i'm candy crowley from cnn's state of the union. we are here f
changed the race, and the new front romney opened up on the president today. >>> outbreak, more people are sick from meningitis tonight, the attempt to find those at risk. >>> and more on the hand sanitizers that are popular everywhere, how could they be a bad thing? we'll tell you whathe doctors believe. >>> and making a difference, you see them at the airport, sniffing, doing their job, and in the world of working dogs, that is the big leagues. wait until you hear what they overcame to make it to the pros, nightly news begins now. this is nbc nightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if you were among the over 60 million of us who watched the presidential debate, then you know we saw two things that night, really, an energized mitt romney, and lackluster president obama, and tonight it appears what happened that night has the numbers on the move there was new polling when they opened up against the president, the numbers show the race trending, tightening, trending towards romney, at least right now, we begin with peter alexander, traveling with the romney campaign. >> repo
. barack obama's got tuesday night to re-take command. can he show himself the doer and make romney a would a, should a, could a challenger? joe biden might have stopped the romney train, but he certainly revved up the democrats. and did biden's arguments on medicare and abortion rights also do some damage to the other side? president clinton is out there selling the case of the guy he hopes will be another president clinton's predecessor. he gave that great deal-making speech at the d.n.c. now he's out there on the campaign trail doing what obama didn't do last week -- exposing mitt romney's hard right baggage. with us today, "new york" magazine's john hileman, christian science monitor, liz liz, and henderson henderson from "the washington post," and from "the daily beast," andrew sullivan. thursday night's debate was everything the romney and obama presidential debate had not been. >> you can still preserve the important tant things for middle class taxpayers. >> it's not mathematically possible. >> it's not mathematically possible. it's never been done before. >> it's been done a couple
voters thought president obama did the better job. that's compared to 39% that put governor romney on top. that is a stark contrast from the candidate's first showdown in denver when an overwhelming majority, 67% gave romney the win. a similar split occurred in cbs news's instant poll where 37% of uncommitted voters gave the president last night's victory compared to 30% who chose romney. >>> well, the high stakes presidential debate covered a lot of ground and nbc's steve handlesman has that story from the campus of hofstra university in new york. steve, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from the hofstra campus on long island. both these candidates last night in their second debate seemed on their game. this was high stakes. barely polite. a political brawl. >> very little of what governor romney just said is true. >> reporter: determined to stop his slide in the polls, president obama hit hard from the start. >> governor romney says he's got a five point plan. governor romney doesn't have a five point plan, he has a one point plan, and that plan is to make
: was that the wednesday night massacre or what? did mitt romney catch up and pass obama in one 90-minute performance? will the strong new jobseport help the president to take command? leading from behind? was there some hidden unknown logic to the president's decision to let his challenger wing his way from one position to another? why didn't barack obama force romney to own his record against the auto rescue and against the 47% and against showing his personal taxes. was there a reason obama didn't want 70 million people to know his best case? finally, rematch. will the town hall format of the next debate give barack obama a chance to show greater empathy. and will mitt romney be just as good when people ask the questions? hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, abc's sam donaldson, nbc's andrea mitchell, msnbc s.e. cupp and joe klein. the new jobs report gives the obama campaign a much-needed assist after the debacle wednesday night in denver. the debate's closing statements told the tale. the president was down and mitt romney was up. >> you know, four years ago we were going
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney tonight on the same stage for the first time. and our political team is on the ground. >>> smoke alarm. after seeing tonight's report, you may be prompted to check and see which type smoke detector you have because our nbc news investigation has found many may not work fast enough when every second counts. >>> plus, field of dreams. not a dry eye in the house as a young man with big dreams gets a second chance in the big leagues. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. before too long now, before the end of the evening, we will know how each man did, we will know if anything happens tonight that will fundamentally change the course of this race. we already know that all this debate expectations management you've been hearing is just that. these two men, president barack obama and governor mitt romney, have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together
>>> this morning on "early today," foreign policy showdown. mitt romney gets serious about libya, syria, and more, but president obama hits him hard with a brand-new ad. we'll show it to you. >>> unhitched. two philly wedding celebrations descend into cha as the attendees start brawling. >>> and 48 straight. drew breezes into the record books. this is a big one. >> this is "early today" for monday, october 8th, 2012. >>> very good morning to you, i'm veronica de la cruz. 29 days and counting. there is less than a month to go in the race for the white house, and right now, both candidates are on the road. while the president campaigns in california, mitt romney spent sunday in florida before his major foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracie potts joins us now live from washington. good morning. >> veronica. good morning. let's talk about the speech. in it today he tries to draw distinctions. we've seen an advanced copy where mitt romney will now argue america is now weaker against our enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, bu
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the rematch, obama and romney, swinging at each other again today after last night's tense debate, a big change from the first one. tonight, our political team on what happened and how it played. >>> breaking news, the fbi says it has stopped a plot to blow up a big banking target with a thousand-pound bomb. tonight, the details at the center of this sting. >>> and finish line for one of the most celebrated athletes, lance armstrong, sponsors dumping him as he steps down from his own charity. >>> and daily dose, the fresh evidence tonight that multivitamins, the kind that millions of us take every day could actually cut the risk of cancer. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, those who were hoping a different president obama would show up at last night's second presidential debate, they got their wish. in terms of energy, the dynamic between the two men, the tempo of the conversation, the body language, genuine flashes of anger, last night was very different, some said like a street fight between obama and romney. and while a lot of facts were
berry. well, after the third debate between president obama and republican nominee mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. and according to a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear two-to-one victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc international poll called the debate a little closer with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more on last night's heated foreign policy debate we go now to nbc's steve handlesman. he's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. well, the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. but mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their third and final debate tied in national polls, but their tv audience seemed sure to be smaller. baseball's national league pl
president obama and mitt romney didn't showcase high drama or any water cooler zingers. instead it was substantive and gave americans a better look at the candidates and their differing paths. a major key issue including taxes, medicare and the biggie, jobs. with live team coverage of the debate and how it's being received we begin with steve handelsman in denver. >> reporter: jessica, thanks. here in denver tonight, mitt romney knew he had to bring his a-game. most of those who watched figured that's what he did. the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turnaround tonight. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator tjim hehrer asked, can you put more people to work. >> he would cut regulations and taxes on small businesses. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he has been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others
with an economic showdown. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night. in what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's tracie potts is in denver for us. she has a preview. good morning to you, tracie. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the pressure was on for romney to perform, to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even republicans called one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear on lowering the debt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half. it's four years later, we still have trillion-dollar deficit. >> the way we do is for additional cut, we ask for a dollar of additional revenue, paid for, as i indicated earlier, by asking those of us who have done very well in this country to contribute a little bit more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend $5 trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense and our history show
about race and god's intentions that mitt romney quickly distances himself from. >>> sprint for the white house. the candidates hit the swing states hard as polls begin to shift. and the need for speed. driving 85 miles per hour in the u.s. starting today. it's perfectly legal. we'll tell you where. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> well, good morning. i'm lynn berry. the romney campaign could be waking up to a brand new political headache as yet another republican candidate makes explosive comments about rape two months after the controversy over todd akin's legitimate rape remark. this time it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdock and his opponents were asked about abortion when murdock said this. >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. i just -- i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is somethin
in just days. >>> the blitz on the campaign trail with just 12 days to go. we're with the romney campaign in battleground ohio, and we're just off air force one after a solid day of flying coast to coast. >>> the scan explosive allegations against the popular television host. the scandal that has viewers in great britain stunned. >>> and over-caffeinated, what is in the stuff millions of us buy, and why sometimes it is impossible to know amid the questions about safety. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, and while we are in the middle of covering whirlwind election campaign, tonight, something else deserves our immediate attention at the top of the broadcast. while the calendar may tell us we're days away from halloween and the november election, for that matter, it is still hurricane season. and hurricane sandy has experienced what forecasters are calling a stunning increase in size and in intensity. this late-season storm has already caused flooding in jamaica, damage in cuba, and haiti, and because it has the potential to affect more than 50 million americans along the east coa
romney is, peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you as hurricane sandy takes aim on the east coast, forecasters are not the only ones on alert, the campaign strategists are, as well. with crews defending against potentially devastating flooding in virginia, the campaign cancelled a rally. officials in north carolina say they could suspend early voting, if needed. in ohio, snow threatens to hurt the voting efforts. in iowa today, he was introduced by a situation with the state's senior senator. >> we'll put america on a new path to a new day with a new president. obama. a new president romney, pardon me. >> time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring the american families to the certainty that the future will be better than the past. >> reporter: speaking to a construction plant that benefitted from mr. obama's stimulus money help, he blasted the opponent. >> we're the nine million jobs that the president promised. >> reporter: president obama targeted the most loyal supporters without ever leaving washington, courting young voters now o
, florida, for the third and final debate between president barack obama and former governor mitt romney. when they leave the stage tonight after 90 minutes together, these two men are not expected to see one another again until after the election two weeks from now. it is safe to say neither campaign in either its wildest dreams nor worst fears expected to be in a dead heat with 15 days to go. but that's what our national poll shows. as of tonight, our nbc news national polling has it this way. 47% obama, 47% romney. tonight's topic is foreign affairs. our moderator, bob schieffer of cbs news. last time these two men debated, it was instantly labeled the most contentious event of its kind in the modern political era. a lot of it had to do with body lang age as they circled each other. tonight they'll be seated and thankfully separated by the moderator, all of this happening in a critical battleground state of florida. so without further delay, we'll go now to the moderator, bob schieffer, who will be leading us through tonight's debate. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university
that the romney campaign is suddenly this competitive in ohio. no republican has won the white house without it. president obama carried it last time, and ohio itself has supplied us with eight american presidents over the years. both men running for the job were in ohio today along with nbc's peter alexander, traveling with the romney campaign, and starts off our coverage in cuyahoga falls, ohio. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. we're seeing real evidence that this race is tightening, not just nationally, but in crucial battlegrounds like here in ohio. with both candidates descending on the buckeye state, the o in ohio could easily stand for offense. a poll released late this afternoon shows president obama's lead has shrunk to just four points. touching down on akron on the last day ohioans will vote. mitt romney will campaign here four of the last five days. the president just wrapped up his 17th rally here, more than any other state. >> do not delay, go vote today. what do you think? all right, buckeyes, we need you. >> reporter: why all the attention on ohio? n
are revealed. >>> buckeye battleground. 18 electoral votes explains why mitt romney is spending this week in ohio. >>> and late-breaking details on a pakistblogger shot while getting onto her school bus. she was operated on early this morning. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. and on the campaign front, it is all about ohio. voters in that key swing state have been getting plenty of time with president obama and his republican rival mitt romney. both candidates campaigned hard in the buckeye state tuesday. in fact, romney is spending four out of five days there this week. the reason, a new cnn orc international poll post debate shows it is a close race for ohio's 18 electoral votes with 51% of likely voters backing president obama, 47% for romney. that, of course, made closer after last week's debate. meanwhile, ohio's election chief, a republican, has asked the u.s. supreme court to reinstate a new law that cuts off the final three days of early voting. an appeals court blocks the law pushed through by state republicans. >>> and as romney con
the race still changing. also, governor romney and president obama will face each other on stage, not to debate, but it is a big annual dinner where the candidates attend, trying to keep it light, even though it is heating up in the battleground states. and the urge to reach the undecided women voters especially. we begin with our correspondent, chuck todd. >> reporter: good evening, the battleground is narrowing, time on the campaign trail winding down. in this election it is about big issues but also it means the little things start to matter more. and also means the states like new hampshire start to matter more. >> 19 days, new hampshire. >> reporter: in a race that is coming down to the wire, swing states full of undecided voters are getting time, attention and ads from both candidates. >> in 19 days you get to choose from the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or the policies that get us out of this mess. >> reporter: mr. romney spent the day focusing on foreign policy. his running mate hit the trail in florida. >> president obama is not telling you what his seco
in that hall tonight was increased after the last debate, when an energized mitt romney got the better of the president, as mr. obama all but later admitted in an interview. it is cold in the venue again, a mutually agreed-upon temperature of 65, to enforce the post-nixon political adage, never let them see you sweat. tonight the candidates will be seated. it will all be very close. they'll be separated only by our moderator tonight. she is martha raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for abc news, and there's pressure on her as well after all the talk about the role of the moderator in the last debate. there are nine segments planned for in the evening, but we saw last time what happened. here's martha raddatz. >>> good evening and welcome to the first and only vice presidential debate of 2012, sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. i'm martha raddatz of abc news and i am honored to moderate this debate between two men who have dedicated much of their lives to public service of the tonight's debate is divided between domestic and foreign policy issues and i'm goi
a drinking game, whatever floats your boat. on a day when many stocks were buoyed by mitt romney's victory over president obama, let me tell you how i watched. i watched the debate within the parlance of my world, the stock world. i watched it with an eye towards making you some money. tweeting every potential stock idea triggered by either gentleman. ♪ how can you try to make money from the debate? let me parse it for you. show you how it's done. going over the actual statements by each candidate translating them into cramerican. let me tell you, there were tons of cramericans on twitter. if you tweeted me about the debate, keep an eye on the twicker running below. you may see your tweet. romney went right into a call for north american energy self-sufficiently, singling out coal as an endangered species under obama. listen. >> i like coal. i want to make sure we can continue to burn clean coal. people in the coal industry feel like it's getting crushed by your policies. >> lots of bozos went in and bought the coal stocks. all the coal stocks on. this wrong take away, people! coal's hos
and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate,
>>> this morning on "early today," strategy shift. mitt romney backs off his 47% remarks while president obama sharpens his attacks. >>> deadly exchange. an american tourist opens fire at an israeli seaside resort. >>> leap of faith. tense moments as a mother and her five kids arforced to jump from a building. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. the two candidates are busy attacking each other on the campaign trail following their first debate. today president obama will be campaigning in virginia and ohio and mitt romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that had come up in debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said
cruz. nice to see you this morning. a day before president obama and mitt romney meet for the second of three debates, brand-new poll numbers show the candidates locked in a virtual dead heat. according to a new "washington post" abc news poll of likely voters, 49% favor president obama compared to 46% who back governor romney. in florida, virginia and ohio, the numbers show romney up 50-48 again, a statistical tie. while personal popularity has long been one of the president's strikes, the poll shows mitt romney is now also scoring high marks. the two men are essentially tied on likability. a new poll of likely voters by "the washington post" and abc news puts the race within the margin of error. president obama 49%, mitt romney 46%. both campaigns are expressing concern about the moderator of the second debate. candy crowley will be hosting the debate, and she suggested that she'll play a larger role than agreed to by the candidates. according to "time" magazine's mark halperin, the two campaigns have raised objections saying the moderator's participation should be much more limite
it changed the tenor of the race, gave a boost to romney, and forced a re-assessment of the president's performance. and look at two of the latest national polls of likely voters, both politico and "the washington post" show the national numbers are within the margin of error. that is why when the two meet at hofstra, we begin with peter alexander at the debate meeting, peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, let me show you inside this debate hall. once again, mitt romney will be in the seat on the left, the president gets the seat on the right. i was just down there on set and the paint is actually still wet. tomorrow night, both men will have a chance to debate, with many undecided. after a weekend limited brief sightings, mitt romney left church services, and today, both candidates are again studying quietly. president obama at this exclusive williamsburg, virginia, hotel, wrapping up what debate experts call the debate coaching. on the eve of his lackluster denver debate, the president took a trip to the hoover dam, today, not a single event planned in massa
still buzzing about the contentious showdown between president obama and mitt romney. should it be a fierce few weeks before the november 6th election. today the candidates continued the fight, campaigning in swing states. president obama in iowa and romney in virginia. >> i just think the american people had expected that the presidents of the united states would be able to describe what he is going to be able to do in the next four years be, he can't. >> you've heard of the square deal. mitt romney is trying to tell you a sketchy deal. we are not buying it. >> the verbal jabs continue. the third and final debate will be next monday evening in florida, which is as you probably know another key battleground state. >>> the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled after last night's debate. but for all the posturing and verbal attacking, did president obama and governor romney keep their accusations and their explanations on point? in tonight's reality check, sam brock takes a closer look at the claims both candidates made in the heat of the moment. >> janelle, good evening.
debate changed the chemistry of the race in mitt romney's favor, the second debate was a verbal fight. it got the president back on his feet. the topic is foreign policy, but the sheer closeness is hanging over their head. the president arrived in florida today, aware he needs to do well in tonight's debate, the race being closer than ever. the polls show a dramatic divide within the 47-47 tie. there is that gender gap, the president up in percentage with women. mitt romney's lead with men is a commanding 33 points, but hispanics by a 70-25 margin strongly prefer the president mr. romney spent the day behind closed doors where the press was not allowed, inspecting the table where he and the president will sit. he knows the subject matter tonight puts him at a disadvantage, something he found out in the second debate. >> you said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you're saying? >> please proceed, governor. >> all right, i want to make sure we get that for the record. because it took the president 14
night. >>> also this evening, what mitt romney said about abortion that sure sounds like a change. >>> what really happened the night our ambassador and those other americans were killed in benghazi, libya, and has the story really changed again? >>> race matters, a basic question here, is affirmative action keeping qualified white kids out of the college of their choice? that is what the supreme court took up today. >>> and a very bad day for lance armstrong, today, a mountain of evidence was released against him, including lab results, interviews with other teammates, and alleged doping along the lines of an organized crime ring. >>> and making a difference, tonight, logging miles in the air to save innocent lives. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, while millions of americans are looking forward to the biden/ryan debate tomorrow night as the next big television event, the top of the world, the speech, the travels continue, mitt romney is trying to take advantage of a bounce coming off the last debate. but it is something he said on the subject of abortion that is gettin
following the debate. the second head-to-head encounter with president obama and governor romney had a lot more energy and confrontations than the first go around. more entertaining television. we have daniel lee in washington explaining what it means for the campaign trail. >> reporter: president obama was up early heading to iowa with the footing in the race after the town-hall style debate. the candidates came out aggressively in heated conversation. >> not true, governor romney. not true. >> reporter: the issues are taxes and jobs and women's rights and attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> the suggestion that anybody in my team would play politics or mislead when we lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. >> reporter: hear governor romney falter when he said he did not call it an act of terror. paul ryan clarified romney's point. >> as the facts have come out, it doesn't speak well as how the administration handled it. >> reporter: governor romney talked about the economy and accused obama of failing to keep his promises. >> he said he would cut in half the deficit. he ha
. today, the president and governor romney went their separate ways, some campaigning, some preparation for the next and final debate on monday night, just prior to the all-out sprint to the finish. we begin our coverage tonight with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, good evening. >> good evening, brian, we're at the point in the campaign where every day feels like a week, every week feels like a day. well, today the president is feeling the heat, testing out yet another new line of attack on mitt romney. president obama today dialled up his criticism in virginia, feeling the heat from mitt romney's continued momentum. >> i mean, he is changing up so much and back-tracking and side-stepping. we have got to -- we have got to -- we got to name this condition that he is going through. i think -- i -- i think it is called rom-nesia, here is the good news, obama care covers pre-existing conditions. >> with governor romney on his way to florida, the site of the final debate, his running mate in the state making the case for him. >> of all the things romney has done in his life
momentum for the romney campaign and news tonight about a record fall for the president. >>> all-time high. gas now the most expensive ever in california. why folks in the nation's biggest state are paying the price. >>> freeze warning. after a summer like start to october, now the big chill. >>> sign of the times, kids packing the cafeteria, but not just for lunch. why more and more schools are now serving dinner. >>> and a tangled mess on one of the most congested highways in america, drivers can't believe it. a massive project brought to a grinding halt by the itsy-bitsy spider. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc "fightly news" with lester holt. >> one month from today we'll be coming on the air counting down to the poll closings. the month to go mark in a race that's taken potential game changing twist this week. mitt romney's strong debate performance and yesterday's timely drop in the nation's unemployment rate. these are critical days on every level from fund-raising to how the candidates define themselves and each other to an electorate that is now fully
>>> good morning. ready for round two, president obama and governor romney working hard today to get ready for their second crucial debate just two days away. will it change in format? change the way the candidates go at each other? we've live along the campaign trail. >>> its slowest journey after traveling at speeds of more than 17,000 miles per hour, the space shuttle "endeavour" now inches through the streets of l.a. its 12-mile trip to its new home is nearly complete after two full days. >>> and jump from the edge of space, one of the world's most fearless men getting ready to plunge from earth from more than 12,000 miles above and he just might do it. today is sunday, october 14th, might do it. today is sunday, october 14th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> announcer: this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm jenna wolfe. you were out late last night with your son and daughter-in-law. i was at my -- we'll
. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. when president obama and mitt romney step on the stage behind me tomorrow night, it's going to be the first time they've seen each other face to face in nearly five years. to give you a sense of just how crucial his performance is, romney aides brought podiums into his hotel conference room late today to help him simulate the real thing. fueling up for an afternoon study session today. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: mitt romney, who has been for weeks practicing zingers to sharply critique the president, may have gotten help from an unlikely ally. vice president joe biden campaigning today in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes? >> reporter: the romney campaign quickly seized on that comment. arguing the president's policies have hurt the middle class. taking a breather from his preparations outside las vegas today, the president visited the hoover dam. >> it's spectacular an
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